Title: Fire and Flood
Author: Victoria Scott
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Fire and Flood, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though at times Fire and Flood reminded me of The Hunger Games series, I enjoyed it--a heart-pounding adventure that had me absolutely riveted. Wonderful!
This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
When Tella's older brother gets sick, and her family relocates, she is lost and feeling helpless. Feeling furious she cannot help her brother, she and her family are in despair. When a mysterious earpiece finds its way into her bedroom, she sets off to compete in the Brimstone Bleed--a race throughout jungle and rain--with the prize being the Cure for her brother. But she soon finds that she may not be cut out for this.. And that this race is far bigger than she could've ever dreamed..
What I enjoyed:
-The pacing of the novel--with its short, sweet chapters and breakneck pacing, I couldn't put it down!
-Tella, and her determination to save her brother from his illness, risking her own life for her flesh and blood
-I liked the premise of this novel--a race across unfamiliar landscapes, with people competing
-I especially liked the idea of the Pandoras
-Guy, and the rest of the characters that Tella meets throughout the novel, especially Titus and Harper
-The ending--I never saw it coming and I can't wait for the next installment!
What could've been better:
-At times throughout the novel, it really felt like a knock-off of The Hunger Games
-Tella's language really annoyed me at times (especially the constant 'Whatevers')
I really, really enjoyed Fire and Flood--it was a good book! Definitely recommended for adventure readers. Next on deck: I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira!